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Attacks on journalists take centre stage as media meets in Sarajevo

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, closing spaces for media freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina are a persistent concern for civil society. At a recent conference organised in Sarajevo by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), journalists from across the Western Balkans met to discuss the state of media freedoms. Read more

Attacks on journalists take centre stage as media meets in Sarajevo

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Conditions for journalists in Serbia remain a serious concern for both domestic and international civil society. Over the past few months, there have been a litany of attacks and smears against journalists reporting on political issues, leading many to argue that spaces for dissent are rapidly decreasing in Serbia. Read more

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent


Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

In recent months there has been a sustained attack on civic freedoms including an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin State while military critics, journalists and peaceful protesters continue to be arrested or charged. Read more

Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

Explosive device goes off in front of Costa Rican television station

On 27th July 2019, a home-made bomb exploded in front of Costa Rican television station Teletica, causing material damage to the building’s façade. The situation is also worrisome because of suspicion that this attack was directed at Nicaraguan journalist Carlos F. Chamorro. Since January 2019, Chamorro has broadcasted his program "Esta Semana" from this television station in Costa Rica, having fled Nicaragua after suffering harassment and receiving threats for his criticism of Daniel Ortega’s government.

In this same period, several social movements mobilised to protest government policies for their sectors. Students' protests against current government proposals have gained traction and led to the resignation of the Minister for Education. Read more

Explosive device goes off in front of Costa Rican television station

Protests nationwide in Japan calling for reforms to anti-rape law

In the last few months, protests have been held against the problematic anti-rape laws in Japan and in support of the mass protests in Hong Kong. Women in Japan have also mobilised online against the requirement for women to wear high heels in the workplace.. A UN expert on freedom of expression has submitted a follow up report to the Human Rights Council on the failure of the Japanese government to implement recommendations he made in 2017 to improve freedom of expression including on media independence. Read more

Protests nationwide in Japan calling for reforms to anti-rape law

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons. Read more

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

Civil society concerned about risks to fundamental freedoms in Kashmir as special status revoked

Civil society groups have raised concerns about the threats to fundamental freedoms in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of its special status by the central government on 5 August 2019 Read more

Civil society concerned about risks to fundamental freedoms in Kashmir as special status revoked

Egypt parliament approved new draft NGO law - a continuation of state crack down on CSOs

On 15th July 2019 a new repressive NGO law, “The Law on Regulating the Work of Civil Associations”, was approved by the Egyptian parliament and sent to the President for approval. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has 30 days to review and if he ratifies, the legislation will come into effect. Read more

Egypt parliament approved new draft NGO law  - a continuation of state crack down on CSOs

Peaceful protests in Kosovo amid growing ethnic tensions

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, 2019 has seen civil society mobilise against new laws which could have curtailed freedom of association. In this update, we detail how people in Kosovo have exercised their right to peaceful assembly. In the period between May 16th and July 10th 2019, Kosovo has witnessed a number of protests on a variety of issues. During this period, no protest was unwarrantedly denied or met with excessive force by security forces. Read more

Peaceful protests in Kosovo amid growing ethnic tensions